Feb 11, 2013 11:00pm EST
that shocked the globe early this morning. pope benedict xvi is stepping down as pontiff at the end this of month. tonight one french cardinal calls the move liberating for future popes. benedict is 85 years old and says he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to continue. the vatican says there is no specific health problem forcing him to step down. while a small group around the pope knew the announcement was coming it was a complete surprise for most of the church including washington's archbishop cardinal donald worrell. >> very startling. i was totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. >> cardinal worrell talking about the selection of the new pope while the former pope still lives. when exactly that will happen, still up in the air. tonight catholics have a lot of questions about the church's future and about what to expect from the next pontiff. jim rosenfield is live at the basilica of the national shrine with more on the story. >> doreen, some candid talk from the pulpit here during evening mass w
Feb 23, 2013 11:00pm EST
, pope benedict xvi is stepping down on thursday. meanwhile, vatican suggest that the pope is resigning over documents leaked last year. the pope says he's not strong enough. washington cardinal leaves tomorrow to be part of the conclave to be part of the new pope. >>> the obama administration is jumping into the legal battle over same-sex marriage at the supreme court. in a brief filed with the court, the administration says the defensive marriage act is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection. justices will hear arguments in a challenge to that law and california's proposition 8 next month. >>> still to come tonight, why football star manti te'o has waited so long to speak about the hoax involving his supposed girlfriend. his first news conference since the story broke. >>> and sunday could deliver >>> a media blitz today to hear from manti te'o. he says he's over the embarrassment about the online girlfriend hoax and is ready to focus on football. today he spoke at the nfl combine. in january he said that a girl that he thought died had never actually existed.